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How To Add Rigor To Anything

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How To Add Rigor To Any Lesson, Unit, Or Assessment Rigor is a fundamental piece of any learning experience. It is also among the most troublesome due to its relativity. Rigorous for whom? And more importantly,...
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I love the rubric that goes with this article. This will be a great tool to use with teacher collaborations.

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Library Media Tech Talk: Four Ways To Lead From The School Library

Library Media Tech Talk: Four Ways To Lead From The School Library | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
4 ways to lead from the school library: https://t.co/VVnjO0zOql #txlchat #edchat #StonyStories
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This won't be new information for seasoned librarians but if you're new to the field OR new to a school this year, it's definitely worth a read. The basics of building relationships, an attitude of service, collaboration, and listening to your community are covered here. This is a good one to get you thinking about how to start this school year off on a positive note and to LEAD from your Library! Enjoy!
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Makerspaces and Equal Access to Learning

Makerspaces and Equal Access to Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Makerspaces can democratize learning, create a culture of participation, allow for teaching with visual cues, offer thematic planning opportunities, and facilitate differentiated instruction.
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Every library media specialist thinking about creating (or improving) a makerspace in their library/learning commons should read this article. I love the way the author breaks down how the program creates equity, low barriers of entry, and the democratization of learning. Every child, every day - with careful planning every student in your school, regardless of language ability, learning ability, reading ability, or any "other-ness" can participate and find success in open-ended problem solving. This is the article you will want in your head when talking to an administrator for getting started. This is the article you want in your head when talking to teachers about allowing visitation. This is a MUST read!
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Everything Librarians Need To Know About Pokemon Go!

Everything Librarians Need To Know About Pokemon Go! | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Everything Librarians Need To Know About Pokemon Go! You’ve seen the Facebook posts. You’ve seen the headlines, you’ve heard about it in conversation, and you may have seen groups of teens an
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You'd have to be living under a rock to have not heard anything about the Pokemon Go! phenomenon. You can be sure that when kids head back to school it will be a hot topic, too! So what's the buzz all about? What is this thing, anyway? Thanks to @galaxybookjockey you'll be "in the know" in no time. Now, if you'll excuse me I'm looking for Squirtle...
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Becky Christensen's curator insight, July 15, 8:56 AM
You'd have to be living under a rock to have not heard anything about the Pokemon Go! phenomenon. You can be sure that when kids head back to school it will be a hot topic, too! So what's the buzz all about? What is this thing, anyway? Thanks to @galaxybookjockey you'll be "in the know" in no time. Now, if you'll excuse me I'm looking for Squirtle...
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Data Crunching Proved This School Library Program Was Crucial

Data Crunching Proved This School Library Program Was Crucial | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Two determined Nebraska librarians came up with a road map to making strategic decisions based on their school district’s data.
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This article gives a step-by-step accounting of how a group of librarians reached their goal of accessing the data - and then crunching the numbers - to give data-driven proof that their programs were impacting student achievement. Like it or not, we live in an age of big data and if you have the numbers to back up your claims you will get more respect. Don't sit back wringing your hands if you don't have access to the data numbers you need to follow these Nebraska librarians' path! Someone in your school has access - get their help! Go to that math teacher in your school that will help you run the numbers for valuable results. Don't complain that your admin doesn't know how you impact students if you aren't willing to go the extra mile to prove it in terms that they understand. Speak THEIR language and they will hear you! Enjoy!
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5 Questions And Answers To Get You Started With 3D Printing -

5 Questions And Answers To Get You Started With 3D Printing - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
RT @DavidGeurin: 5 Questions And Answers To Get You Started With 3D Printing https://t.co/xhKMOwd9Af #edtech #3Dprinting https://t.co/PuflZ…
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This article is short but to the point. If you are thinking of getting a 3D printer in your library makerspace, think about what problems that purchase will solve. We don't want to be buying things because they're the latest-greatest but because the equipment will somehow improve student achievement. We also don't want to make the mistake of buying a tool and then arranging curriculum around it when it is much more appropriate to do it the other way around! Ask yourself these 5 questions - if you're looking for admin support, having the answers at the ready will go a long way towards approval! Enjoy.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, July 12, 1:44 PM

Let me shock you - I'm not sold on 3D printing.

Is it the equivalent of the 10K Interactive Whiteboard of 2003?

 

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Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement

Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
An important new study of Pennsylvania's schools shows that students in schools with full-time librarians score substantially higher on reading and writing tests than their counterparts in schools that lack librarians.
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These findings are consistent with previous studies. I'm not sure why we keep having to prove our value but, well, we do. If you are in a school system that doesn't place a high value on school librarians why not do a little mini-study on your own? Compare scores in schools with a full time certified librarian with those that don't have one. But remember to look deeper than just overall scores: pay attention to ELLs and students with disabilities or economic disadvantage. THAT's where you might see where the services of a professionally certified librarian makes the difference! If you don't have access to this data, ask for it. You must be your own most vocal advocate. Have fun!
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Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Flexible classroom seating invites collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking by helping students manage their physical energy and comfort as they learn on their own terms.
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I find it very interesting that this conversation about design in the classroom REALLY started as a conversation about design in the media center! For years, we've been talking about creating learning zones, small group and large group areas, quiet spaces and collaborative spaces - all designed to make the media center a warm, inviting, energizing environment in which to access and create knowledge. I love that we are also thinking about how to make this work in classrooms and I think middle and high school teachers could take a page out of the elementary classroom teachers' book!
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Gino Bondi's curator insight, May 4, 4:24 PM

Addressing core competencies by being throughful around designing learning spaces

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The Point Of School Isn't To Get Good At School: Transfer As The Goal Of Education

The Point Of School Isn't To Get Good At School: Transfer As The Goal Of Education | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Point Of School Isn't To Get Good At School: Transfer As The Goal Of Education
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Beautiful post written by Grant Wiggins. I could see the word "school" replaced with the word "library" and find some very powerful words about the importance of what we do. Transliteracy has been a topic of discussion in our world for years and this is what Dr. Wiggins is discussing here: the point is not to get good at using a library. The point is to become adept at finding answers, solving problems, transferring knowledge & skills from one subject to another, and, well, LIFE. Think about how YOUR library program builds that capacity in students.
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How ‘Productive Failure’ For Students Can Help Lessons Stick

How ‘Productive Failure’ For Students Can Help Lessons Stick | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Building struggle into lessons can help students learn better than using direct instruction, according to research, and Singapore's education system is
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Next Generation Learning: Bringing Student Agency Back to Schooling

Next Generation Learning: Bringing Student Agency Back to Schooling | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The internet has enabled students to follow their passions toward self-directed learning. How can we, as educators, fold that learning back into their schooling experience?
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This is a fantastic article for anyone thinking about the whole personalized learning idea. I don't think it is a passing fad but a real shift in what we're doing in schools to support the children we now teach. When I read the part about learning becoming "noisier" I thought about how libraries have changed since I started my career back in the 90s. Yes! They are a LOT noisier than they were back then because there are a LOT more voices to be heard. There is knowledge being created rather than just imparted & absorbed. If we want to remain relevant we have to think about not only WHAT we are teaching but HOW we are teaching - that just may lead us to answer WHY we are teaching...
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Why Edcamp Is the Future of PD

Why Edcamp Is the Future of PD | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
An Edcamp pioneer looks back at how the now-popular model remains free, noncommercial, spontaneous, organic, user-friendly, and open to all presenters and attendees.
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Librarians have known this since, well, 2010 when EdCamp first showed up on the radar. We have always been about personalized learning, sharing resources, and guiding learners towards their interests. EdCamp is the epitomy of that philosophy. So why not turn it into YOUR model for professional development? Teachers in your school have expertise that they are probably willing to share. Administrators might be surprised at the level of engagement an EdCamp PD program will bring about. I have already shared this with my system administrators - why not share it with yours? Make sure you offer to lead the process, too!
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50 Ways To Challenge Yourself As A Teacher

50 Ways To Challenge Yourself As A Teacher | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
50 Ways To Challenge Yourself As Teacher by TeachThought Staff Growing as a teacher is all about challenging yourself--moving out of our comfor
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Most of us are fresh on the heels of a Spring Break and seeing the rest of the year as that downhill slide towards summer. But before you relax, this is an article worth reading. Heck, I think it's worth printing out and using it as a checklist - a bucket list for quality teaching, if you will. Okay...number 17 is not high on my priority list right now but it might be one day. These are completely appropriate for the teacher-librarian, too. If we are to remain relevant to our schools we must be willing to grow and improve and be challenged so that we can be our best selves every day. I'm really thinking about #44 and would love to hear some feedback from anyone who's been able to accomplish that one. Share this with your teachers!
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52 Of Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes For Teachers -

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52 Of Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes For Teachers by TeachThought Staff Teaching is hard, and at times it can seem like energy is in shor
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Spring Break is upon us and after students & teachers come back it will be an all-out testing marathon. Maybe you'll find something in this gem of an article to keep teachers inspired and motivated while they manage quiet room full of #2 pencils, anxious children, and light green scantron sheets. My favorite? "Teaching is the greatest act of optimism." Indeed.
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Stephania Savva's curator insight, April 3, 1:58 PM
Spring Break is upon us and after students & teachers come back it will be an all-out testing marathon. Maybe you'll find something in this gem of an article to keep teachers inspired and motivated while they manage quiet room full of #2 pencils, anxious children, and light green scantron sheets. My favorite? "Teaching is the greatest act of optimism." Indeed.
Maralee Parker's curator insight, April 4, 12:42 PM
Spring Break is upon us and after students & teachers come back it will be an all-out testing marathon. Maybe you'll find something in this gem of an article to keep teachers inspired and motivated while they manage quiet room full of #2 pencils, anxious children, and light green scantron sheets. My favorite? "Teaching is the greatest act of optimism." Indeed.
Missy Mitchell's curator insight, April 4, 1:21 PM
Spring Break is upon us and after students & teachers come back it will be an all-out testing marathon. Maybe you'll find something in this gem of an article to keep teachers inspired and motivated while they manage quiet room full of #2 pencils, anxious children, and light green scantron sheets. My favorite? "Teaching is the greatest act of optimism." Indeed.
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Using Space To Influence Thinking -

Using Space To Influence Thinking - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
#learningspaces #learning #thinking #education #innovation @TeachThought https://t.co/20AVlRmrqL
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If you're thinking about how the design and configuration of your library influences learning, this is the article you want to read. No, it's not talking about libraries specifically but it is talking about how the space follows function. There is a messy area for lab work, a thinking area for research, and a performance area for presenting information to classmates and facilitators (teachers). There is so much more to the article than that so take a look and see how it applies to what YOU want to do with your library space and how YOU can create learning zones that impact student learning!
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Jane Cowell's curator insight, July 21, 7:29 PM
Ideas for good Library design & children's spaces
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Data: U.S. Publishers Report $28 Billion in Revenue During 2015; Downloaded Audio Sales Grow, eBooks Decline | LJ INFOdocket

Data: U.S. Publishers Report $28 Billion in Revenue During 2015; Downloaded Audio Sales Grow, eBooks Decline | LJ INFOdocket | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
From the Association of American Publishers (AAP): The U.S.
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Okay, if your eyes don't glaze over as you read the layers of facts and figures, one thing might just pop out at you: Adult book revenue is up and YA/Children's book revenues are down. But here's the REAL eye-opener: eBooks peaked in 2013 and have been declining ever since. I wonder how that private school that removed all of its print materials is doing...
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Part 1: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Connecting Project Based Learning (PBL)

Part 1: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Connecting Project Based Learning (PBL) | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Welcome to a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. You will discover around one hundred resources in this series along with some great ideas for finding student success.  Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a…
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This is part 1 of a planned series on STEM, STEAM, and Makers. There is a promised "over 100 resources" that will be explained and revealed over the course of this series. Media Specialists will find it well worth the time to read this series and be prepared to support these efforts. There is an intimate connection that can be made between PBL and Inquiry Based Learning that media specialists' can lead. There is an option to subscribe to the posts through RSS and it would be a good idea to sign up. What new ideas will YOU get from this series?
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Susannah Wood's curator insight, July 13, 2:49 PM
Not specific to gifted education, but I am a big fan and practitioner of PBLs - 2nd year school counseling students you will see this in the spring of 2017!
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How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom

How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Teachers using open educational resources to teach are finding new rewards in the #GoOpen movement.
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Did you know that Georgia is one of the #GoOpen states? Do you know what OER is? This article will get you up to speed and, in my humble opinion, highlight the vital importance of a certified library media specialist as the leader in curation of these resources. When the LMS is plugged into curriculum, understands teachers' needs, and follows the rules of resource evaluation s/he can provide a wealth of FREE online resources to support personalized learning, blended learning, Project Based Learning, Inquiry Learning - well, you get the picture. GLMA is working to make sure that school library professionals have a say in how Georgia will apply ESSA and #GoOpen in schools. Make sure you know what's at stake and what YOU can bring to the table!
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Create a Startup Culture in Your Classroom

Create a Startup Culture in Your Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Through use of classroom space, intentional course design and scheduling, and building "brand" identity, teachers can create a startup culture of empowerment and innovation for their students.
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While this article is focused on the classroom teacher, it is an excellent piece for school librarians, too! This statement really caught my eye: "Schools and educators who choose a startup culture can essentially place a renewed focus on the role of the learner by empowering students to find authentic and meaningful problems and to search for solutions through design activities and iteration." Doesn't that sound like the school library media specialist to you? Be the teacher leader in your school and incorporate design thinking and a startup culture at YOUR school this year!
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For Students 2016

For Students 2016 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
ISTE Standards for Students 2016. It's all about the learning and the learner!
https://t.co/OKGHzAyLfD
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Delivered tp ISTE attendees in a lovely poster format - now here it is online. Great stuff!
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Memorial Day in the Classroom: Resources for Teachers

Memorial Day in the Classroom: Resources for Teachers | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Matt DavisLesson PlansMemorial Day is right around the corner! For teachers looking to incorporate the holiday into lessons, Matt Davis has collected some of the best resources from around the web.
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This is a wonderful resource for elementary librarians looking for a way to strengthen those collaborative connections right up to the last day of school! Enjoy!
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End-of-Year Learning Can Be Meaningful & Fun

End-of-Year Learning Can Be Meaningful & Fun | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Middle grades educator Elyse Scott shares a dozen end-of-year activities that can help assure a learning experience that is smooth, structured and fun for all.
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There are some great ideas in this post and, for media specialists, some excellent opportunities for collaboration. The Year In Review newsletter could be a great joint project for teacher/media specialist as well as the Book Review Grab Bag. Take some of these ideas with you to your next planning meeting!
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RebeccaMoore's curator insight, May 14, 5:02 PM
A middle school Language Arts teacher shares some of her "greatest hits" to round out the school year and keep students engaged and excited to learn until the last day of school. Some of these ideas can be adapted for various content areas or grade levels; not just for middle school.
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Why Edcamp?

Why Edcamp? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Edcamps are informal sessions by and for teachers, where anyone can present, and the focus is on collaboration and connections, group expertise, tech tools, and instructional design.
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6 Secrets For Incredible Growth As A Teacher

6 Secrets For Incredible Growth As A Teacher | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
6 Secrets For Incredible Growth As A Teacher
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this short, but thought-provoking piece by Terry Heick of TeachThought. Of course, in philosophical terms, these secrets work for anyone in any profession but I think it is especially important for teachers in the day & age of constant change. For media specialists, this couldn't be a more important framework of the dispositions that make one a truly indispensable member of the school community. Enjoy!
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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 20, 4:44 AM

Self-directed learning leads to professional growth

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Principals: Teaming with Families & Community

Principals: Teaming with Families & Community | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Involving parents and families in a partnership with schools has a positive impact on students. What can principals do to ensure the partnership is sustained, vibrant and diverse?
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While this post is primarily directed at principals, I couldn't help but think about how powerful this could be if YOU handed it to your administrator along with some concrete ways the media center can support these connections. So many times, principals say they don't really know what a strong media program looks like nor can they put their finger on how the media specialist/program supports student learning. The principals that DO get it understand that their media specialist/program not only supports students' academic achievement but the foundation of community in the school. Read this article, make notes about how you can provide some of this to your administrator, and then share that good news with him or her. When you are seen as an indispensable member of your school then principals understand why you're important! Enjoy!
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Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect.
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While this article is primarily focused on classrooms, why not apply the principals to library media centers or Learning Commons? Isn't that the biggest classroom in the school anyway? It's high time we did away with the factory model approach to instructional delivery and this will give you a head start on how establishing learning zones through space design can get you started! Enjoy!
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Arnie Rotenberg's curator insight, April 5, 8:46 AM
While this article is primarily focused on classrooms, why not apply the principals to library media centers or Learning Commons? Isn't that the biggest classroom in the school anyway? It's high time we did away with the factory model approach to instructional delivery and this will give you a head start on how establishing learning zones through space design can get you started! Enjoy!